Anger and frustration are two of the most powerful emotions that a weight loss diet implies. Losing weight is not just about physical changes, but also about mental ones and we sometimes feel overwhelmed by the large quantity of restrictions required. Still, keep in mind that dieting is not about following a set of rules, but rather about changing your lifestyle. It is important to stay optimistic and motivated as a positive attitude can indeed make a difference.
Set smaller, achievable goals
Start by determining the main reasons for dieting. Do you feel insecure about your body? Do you have an important event you need to attend and you want to look great? Moreover, establishing achievable, realistic goals is fundamental when planning to lose weight. On the other hand, unrealistic objectives will only make you drop the weight loss plan. If you set the bar too high and you cannot reach your goals, it can give you the feeling of failure.
Before starting dieting, think about your support group. Without the right diet-friendly environment, losing weight will only become a burden. Whether we are talking about your family, friends or coworkers, the so-called diet saboteurs will try to tempt you and therefore all your efforts will be in vain.
Try to surround yourself with supportive people who really understand the reason behind your decision. Talk to your family and friends about your plan, explain your goals and tell them you need their help along the process.
Take your time
Take baby steps as no one pressures you. Patience is your best ally when wanting to lose weight. Therefore, it is pointless waiting for miracles to happen just one day after taking the decision of starting a diet. It is advisable not to weigh yourself everyday, but only once a week. Also, don’t forget to exercise. If the gym is not for you, think dancing, walking, bike riding, or playing tennis, or any other activity you enjoy.
In order to remain optimistic and obtain great results when dieting you should reward yourself. Still, rewarding doesn’t necessarily mean food. When you achieve small goals, like losing 5 pounds, go to a spa or simply buy a new beauty product and enjoy a long soak in the bath. You’ll see the great effect it has on your mood and attitude as it gives you the special feeling of having accomplished something. Besides, it keeps you motivated.
Accept your body
One curious thing about dieting is that many people who manage to lose weight still have the same body image. Accepting your body is one key element when it comes to weight loss. Make peace with yourself and adopt a new, healthier lifestyle rather than a too restrictive diet. Learn to accept your flaws in order to be able to actually motivate yourself and begin making changes. Moreover, stop comparing your body with those unreal images seen in the media. Observe those beautiful people surrounding you and you’ll see they all have different sizes and shapes.
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